All the Buzz on Sean Banks

TSW looks at what the experts are saying about the sleek wing forward, Sean Banks.

NC State's search for a Point Guard out of the class of 2003 is well known. With the second available scholarship, the Wolfpack may just go up north to Oradell, NJ ( Bergen Catholic HS) to get the versatile wing player (6'8" 200) Sean Banks.

Sean has had a tremendous summer with perhaps the highlight being winning the MVP of the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. His stock continues to soar and the offers continue to roll in.

Banks is rated as a 4 star recruit and the 7th best SF in the nation by The Insiders. He is also ranked as the 16th best player overall from the Class of 2003. Bob Gibbons has him in at #20 in their Class of 2003 summer rankings. ESPN has Sean ranked as the 8th best player in the nation.

Dave Telep *
7/21/02- No one is questioning his talent level. When faced with the predicament of needing a bucket, Banks can improvise and get it done.

Ray Floriani * Basketball Times
7/15/02- Sean Banks of Bergen Catholic (NJ) did a nice job at the three spot. The 6-8 forward ran the floor very well, showed nice skills inside and did mix it up underneath despite being on the thin (200-pounds) side.

Gregg Doyel * Charlotte Observer
7/9/02- The most impressive player Monday, the first day of the adidas ABCD Camp, might have been Sean Banks. He stands 6-foot-8, passes like a point guard, plays above the rim and really, really likes N.C. State."I like State's style of play, and I like coach (Herb) Sendek," said Banks, a rising senior from Englewood, N.J. "I've seen them on TV all the time, and they play the game the way I want to play it."

Michael Kruse * GoHeels
6/17/02- Sean Banks wants to go to Carolina. Absolutely he does. He says so. "That's, like, the one school I've wanted to go to since I was little," the 6-foot-7 swingman said Wednesday afternoon when reached at his Englewood, N.J., home. "But they haven't really recruited me like I've wanted them to." It's not as if the kid has any shortage of suitors -- and the list is growing after his MVP performance at this past weekend's Tournament of Champions here on Tobacco Road.

Tommy Jenkins * Inside Carolina
6/16/02- "Sean Banks played very unselfishly in both Playaz games. Too unselfish really. The talented wing has a great handle and beautiful jumpshot, but was not very assertive. He looked for teammates and shot if it was there, but did not force the action like he is capable. And really that's what the Playaz needed - some one to take charge. Darryl Watkins was doubled teamed or hedged in via a zone throughout the day and didn't touch the ball much. Same goes for Will Sheridan. Karron Clarke was effective at times, but didn't play a lot. That left Banks. Sure, there was a pretty drive here, and nice three pointer there, and a lot of passes off to teammates in between. It's difficult to fault a player for being unselfish, but when a player has the skills and talent Banks possesses, it's OK for a little 'me' time."

BSA Sports
6/13/02- Good handle. Gets points both inside and outside.

Michael Kruse *
5/29/02- Gold star Sean Banks was named the National MVP. The 6-7 SF from Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic was terrific throughout the weekend. He had 28 points in the semis against the Jazz - a wide variety of jumpers from the perimeter and drives to the hoop - and wound up averaging 16.2 for the event.

Jeff Markman * VolBall
5/29/02- "MVP Banks was absolutely scintillating this weekend. The 6-7 wing can score in any way imaginable, whether it be on long, silky jumpers, slicing drives to the hoops, or posting up smaller guards (although he prefers the wing). He improved his stock the most of any of the top 50 players in Chapel Hill, and I'm not sure there are any better wings in the class except for LeBron James and Luol Deng. Banks is a highly-skilled, smooth baller with the handle, shot, and athleticism to help any team on the next level."

Fan Forum * Duke Basketball Report
5/29/02- "Rumor has it Maryland is very high on him, and that the may even offer him soon. It's a great decision for them if they do. He really impressed as a slasher, going strong to the hoop a lot, but also being able to keep the defense honest with his shot. Played hard defense and picked up some nice blocks in the game I saw. Missed two free throws at the end that really would have helped his team out, but besides that, I was very impressed. I'd say easily a top 20, top 15 guy."

Yahoo Sports
5/29/02- Sean Banks, an outstanding wing player, won the MVP for the Playaz Gold. Banks, who is being heavily recruited by many Big East and ACC schools, showed solid discipline throughout the tournament with his shot selection. He also worked hard on both ends of the floor.

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